The night we met in the dimly lit bar, she looked like a brunette bombshell, and I wanted to learn her deepest secrets. With sun-kissed skin and soulful bedroom eyes, she was pure temptation, and I was mesmerized.

As one drink led to two, I craved more of her playful banter and taunting lips. Resisting her wasn’t an option, and we quickly became a desperate mess of tangled limbs and hot kisses. She tasted like the sweetest sin, but I was no saint.

Once we caught our breaths, and it became obvious that meeting her wasn’t a coincidence, everything changed. Now I must deny her at all costs.

Friends. It’s all we can ever be.

After years of lying to myself and keeping her at a distance, I want to pull her close. Sophie’s on my mind more than ever as my instincts to protect her take over. Regardless of my attempts to help, she pushes me away and makes it clear she doesn’t need me.

I’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe, to show her I’m the good guy, but one night takes a tragic turn for the worse when her boyfriend and I start throwing punches.

And ends when I’m arrested for his murder.


This is a friends-to-lovers roommate romance filled with drama, suspense, & of course, plenty of angsty slow burn goodness you’ve come to expect in a Kennedy Fox book!

TRULY MINE |  Book 1

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My Review

Because I’ve read quite a few books by this amazing writing duo, I was more prepared going into Truly Mine, the first part of Mason and Sophie’s story, than I was for any of their other books. I was ready for the angst that would frustrate and overwhelm me as the hero and heroine sorted out their feelings and their circumstances…for the slow burn that would make me antsy for them to take a chance on what they truly want…

But I also knew that Fox wouldn’t make it easy on Mason and Sophie, not only because they needed to take care of significant personal issues in their lives, but also because the path to a happily ever after, especially when it’s a world and characters created by the Queens of Angst, would be an uphill fight, and let me tell you, boy do Mason and Sophie have to fight for EVERYTHING, not just to have an opportunity to become more than friends but to get their lives on a course that doesn’t leave them mentally or physically battered and bruised.

And, now that I finished reading Truly Mine, I can wholeheartedly say that as much as I thought I was prepared for all that Fox would force their characters endure, that ending just about did me in, and it certainly left me with a mixed set of emotions headed into Truly Yours, and I’m sure that the wait to find out how everything plays out will just about do me in, but I’ll try to keep it together until then!

Kennedy Fox definitely brought the angst in Truly Mine while also laying the foundation of who Mason and Sophie are at their core and what it’s going to take for these two to realize just how long they’ve truly been each other’s regardless of all the time they spent apart or with other people.

Overall, I truly enjoyed the beginning of Mason and Sophie’s duet. Both characters stay true to who they are, even when they maybe should have acted or responded in a different way due to what they’re forced to face with their decisions. It’s clear that Mason and Sophie share a deep and meaningful bond – one that has the potential for more – but there are so many variables at play throughout the course of their friendship, and sometimes, they’re their own worst enemies, sabotaging their chances by constructing walls and shutting one another out when they need one another the most.

4.5 Poison Apples


September 10th

I knew within moments of meeting Mason Holt that he would change my life forever.
I just didn’t realize how much.

As my world spirals out of control, he continues to stay by my side, protecting and taking care of me. Being just friends is all he’s been able to offer, that is until both of our lives are threatened. Now that our relationship is blossoming into something more, I can’t be what he needs even if I wished I could.
Bad timing strikes again.

When I think we can finally be together, someone threatens to tear us apart. I’m not the same girl Mason met three years ago, but I’m determined to fight for what I’ve always wanted—him.

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Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies & overpriced coffee. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, quirky, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you! They’re looking forward to bringing you many more stories to fall in love with!

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